Jenny Scheinman, a violinist, fiddler, singer-songwriter, and the project’s conceptual director, writes and performs original and archival Americana Roots music that stirs deep yearnings to return to a simpler time. Working with film-maker and director Finn Taylor (The Darwin Awards, Cherish, Dream with the Fishes), her project Kannapolis features archival film from the Great Depression by
H. Lee Waters to weave a compelling narrative of a time long past. Themes of family, community, and hands-on industry underscored by labor songs and fiddle tunes resonate with fresh meaning in modern times.
Commissioned and developed by Duke Performances, this is the first in a series of works entitled “From The Archives.” Waters’ archive is provided by the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
Made possible, in part, with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts; a grant from The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation; a grant from New Music USA; a Visiting Artist Grant from the Council for the Arts, Office of the Provost, Duke University; support from the Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University; and a gift from Neil D. Karbank.
Special thanks to the family of H. Lee Waters for providing access to his spectacular films.
View the digital program here.